The winter season has arrived, posing a challenge for wig wearers. The cold weather not only dries out your skin and natural hair but also affects your wig, making it dry and prone to tangling. Therefore, winter requires a change in our wig care routine. So today, this article focuses on how to properly care for wigs during the winter, ensuring you can maintain smooth and voluminous hair even in the colder months.
What Challenges Wigs Will Face In Winter?
The winter air is cold and dry, lacking moisture in the external environment. The dry air causes wigs to lose moisture, making them dry, coarse, and more prone to tangling and knotting.
Winter comes freezing temperatures and dry air. Hair tends to generate static electricity in dry environments, especially when it comes into contact with friction surfaces like hats, scarves, or clothing. This contact leads to static charge buildup, causing hair strands to be attracted to each other and become entangled.
In winter, we have to wear bulky clothes to keep various parts of our body warm. Additionally, we often wear warm hats and scarves to prevent exposure to the cold. When wearing a wig outdoors, these clothing items directly contact the wig and can cause friction. Unlike in summer when silk products can be an option, silk does not provide warmth in winter. This inevitably leads to more tangling of wigs during winter, especially around the back of the neck.
Indoor heating reduces humidity in the air, contributing to moisture loss in wigs. Therefore, indoor environments also require specific care to maintain wig health.
In addition to the cold, winter often brings strong winds. These winds not only disrupt your carefully styled hairstyles, making hairstyles less durable, but they also lead to tangling hair more easily.
The cold and dry air can cause dryness, itching, or dandruff issues on the scalp. When these problems arise, you might unconsciously scratch your scalp through the wig cap. It's important to remember that you are wearing a wig, and this action could potentially loosen the wig's hand-tied knots, making it more susceptible to shedding.
Tried And Tested Ways To Care For Your Wig In Winter
Deep Conditioning Products
Our scalp naturally produces oils that provide moisture to our natural hair. However, once real human hair is cut and used for wigs, the source of moisture from the scalp is severed. Coupled with the dry winter weather where environmental moisture is lacking, wigs require deeper conditioning during the winter months.
As for washing and conditioning products, choosing moisturizing hair care products is crucial, especially in the dry winter air where wigs are more prone to losing moisture. Opting for moisturizing shampoos and conditioners can help retain moisture in wigs, reducing dryness and roughness.
These products typically contain hydrating ingredients such as natural oils or emollients, effectively replenishing moisture and nourishing the wig fibers, making them softer, smoother, and minimizing issues like static and tangling. Selecting products with moisturizing effects aids in maintaining the health of wigs during the winter season.
Avoid Heat Styling
If during other seasons you wish to use heat styling tools to create various hairstyles, it's advisable to ensure the use of appropriate protective products to prevent excessive heat damage to the hair.
However, in winter, it's best to avoid using heating tools such as hairdryers, straighteners, curling irons, or hot rollers as they can exacerbate the dryness of wigs. Even if the wig has just been washed and cared for, refrain from blow-drying and opt for air-drying naturally during the winter.
-After washing and deep conditioning your wig, gently squeeze out excess water from the wig. Avoid wringing or twisting the wig.
-Wrap the wig in a clean, dry towel to absorb as much water as possible.
-Gently detangle the wig while it's damp, then comb your human hair wig into your desire look.
Place the wig on a wig stand, and let it air dry, retain it shape and curls.
Cover It Up
If you are planning to conduct outdoor activities with a wig on, such as go shopping or having a walk, especially in windy and snowy conditions. It is necessary to wrap your wig up with scarf or hat. These coverings are not just for additional warmth, but can reduce friction between the wig and clothing, avoid the wig becoming dry. What’s more, still don’t forget wearing silk bonnet when sleeping if you with a wig on.
Use Of Humidifiers
Winter air tends to be dry, causing wigs to tangle more easily due to the dry climate. Using a humidifier indoors can increase the moisture in the air, reducing static electricity. Maintaining an appropriate indoor humidity level can reduce the wig's susceptibility to becoming dry and coarse due to the effects of dry air.
If you don't want to purchase a humidifier, we have more money-saving ways. You can try to place a a bowl of water in your room, or you can place your wig in the bathroom where have more humidity when not wearing the wig.
Another benefit of using a humidifier is that it won't dry out your skin.
Give Up Plastic Comb
Avoid using plastic combs or brushes; switch to natural materials such as wooden combs. This helps reduce static electricity. Why? Reducing static electricity means reducing a lot of hassle whenever you comb or brush your wig in winter.
Finally, let's wrap up. In winter season, deep conditioning your wig is important. Using heat styling tools on your wig is is not advocated. Don’t forget cover your wig up when sleeping or going outdoors. If possible, purchase a humidifier in your room and change your plastic comb into wooden comb. Do you have any other effective method on care for wig in winter? Welcome to comment below!!